Accenture

(

ACN

) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Accenture rose 40 cents (0.7%) to $57.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Accenture exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.15-$57.96 after having opened the day at $57.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.27. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were:

DLH Holdings

(

DLHC

), up 18.4%,

Daegis

(

DAEG

), up 15.5%,

Fortune Industries

(

FFI

), up 13.3%, and

Barrett Business Services

(

BBSI

), up 10.1%.

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Accenture plc operates as a management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company worldwide. Accenture has a market cap of $36.66 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Accenture a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Accenture as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

American Learning

(

ALRN

), down 17.7%,

Dice Holdings Incorporated

(

DHX

), down 12.6%,

CBIZ

(

CBZ

), down 9.9%, and

CIBT Education Group

(

MBA

), down 9.1%, were all laggards within the diversified services industry with

Fidelity National Information Services

(

FIS

) being today's diversified services industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the diversified services industry could consider

iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services

(

IYC

) while those bearish on the diversified services industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers

(

SCC

).

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